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Joseph L. Parsons
Director, Information Technology Division

Joseph Parsons serves as Director of Information Technology and is the agency Chief Information Officer.   Joe has worked a wide variety of assignments throughout NASS in his career.

Prior to joining the Information Technology Division, Joe was the agency’s Senior Research Statistician in the Research and Development Division. While in RDD he has focused on model-based estimation, quality control, computer-assisted recorded interviewing, and the use of county assessor data to improve data collection.  Joe also served as acting branch chief for the Census and Survey Research Branch. 

Before joining the Research and Development Division, Joe was the Director of the Nebraska field office.  During this time, Joe also completed USDA’s Senior Executive Candidate Development Program and American University’s Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program.  As part of the executive leadership program, he participated in a detail assignment with Statistics Canada. He was a visiting executive working on several projects for the Agriculture Division and at the corporate level. Prior to his service in Nebraska, Joe was the Deputy Director of NASS’s Washington Field Office. Earlier roles included leading the Sample Design Section, as a statistical programmer in the Statistical Methods Branch and as a researcher in the Agency’s Research and Development Division. For several years, Joe taught evening mathematics and statistics courses at a local university. Joe has been active in the agency’s international consulting work traveling to projects in Afghanistan, Nicaragua and the People’s Republic of China.

Joe graduated with honors in agricultural economics from the University of Missouri-Columbia and earned a masters degree from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland-College Park.

Last modified: 09/17/12